Aug. 5, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, the Dixie Dawn Band brings another of their favorite “theme” shows to Boone for Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music series. This annual, long anticipated Dixie Dawn concert will be presented at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue beginning at 7:30 p.m. The show this year is “The Day The Outlaws Came to Town.”
Always the musical philosophers, Dixie Dawn will explore the roots of the Outlaw Music that became so prevalent during the 1970s and 80s. There will be plenty of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Hank Sr. and Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Paycheck and much more during the performance. The band members include the “faithful five” – Darrel Bryant, Billy Smith, Ronnie Black, Kevin Rash and David Johnson. This year, Dixie Dawn welcomes their special guest – Sloan Bryant – to round out the show on vocals, guitar and piano.
Band leader David Johnson said, “You will want to sing along on every song as the band brings back memories of a musical movement that sprang from mainstream radio country to form its own identity and following.”
Songs for the evenings program include: “Ain’t Living Long,” “Me and the IRS,” “Family Tradition,” “Ladies Love Outlaws,” “Seven Spanish Angels” and much much more.
Dixie Dawn was formed in 1981 with Darrel Bryant and David Johnson. In its heyday, the group enjoyed playing at premier tourist attractions in North Carolina as well as opening for top names in country music such as Alabama and the Oak Ridge Boys. Dixie Dawn has been the house band at family-style entertainment establishments and have been favorites at the Merlefest in Wilkesboro for several years. Although they have played some of everything, the band now only plays the music they love; classic country, gospel, bluegrass and 50s rock and roll.
With their diverse musical show filled with medleys, comedy, great playing and singing, they put on a show which continues to have a following of loyal fans from all over the south.
JSMHM director Rodney Sutton stated, “The Dixie Dawn concert is consistently one of the best attended shows each season. David Johnson and his bandmates never disappoint our audiences and no two shoes are ever the same.”
Sutton was born and raised at Outlaws Bridge in rural eastern North Carolina.
“A lot of my aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws are Outlaws. I want to thank David Johnson for paying special tribute to my family,” joked Sutton.
As Johnson said, “The Outlaws Are Coming to Town! Why don’t you come too?”
Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music would like to acknowledge our sponsors for this week’s concert.
- WETS-89.5 FM
- Mast General Store
- Harvest House Performing Arts Venue
- North Carolina High Country Host
- Wade Wilmoth and Ned Trivette
- Merida H and John H Steele
- Jim Townsend
JSMHM is also proud to be included as a site on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.
Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Student tickets are $11. This is indeed a child-friendly concert. Children 12 and under receive free admission. Prices include the new North Carolina state tax. Advance tickets may be purchased online through the Mountain Home Music website here.
Tickets may also be purchased at the Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis location), Fred’s Mercantile on Beech Mountain and at Pandora’s Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.